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  1. a child, especially a small boy.
  2. any small child.
  3. a cur; mongrel.
  4. Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor.
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Origin of tyke1

1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse tīk bitch


or tike

  1. Australia and New Zealand Informal. a Roman Catholic.
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Origin of tyke2

1940–45; compare Ulster English Taig contemptuous term for a Roman Catholic Irishman, archaic English teague derogatory name for an Irishman < Irish Tadhg a common personal name
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  • You're in Bermondsey, mister, an' if you tyke my advice you'll go 'ome an' sty 'ome.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • If I tyke it I want to feel it is syme as my very own and do my dooty by it, pore thing!

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • "And down't you tyke on so, Lidjer," said the husband, and they looked as if they were about to embrace.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Naow, I'll styke my reputation on somethin', you tyke it dahn word for word.

  • And what d'yo' think o' that, Mr. M'Adam, for a wunnerfu' story of a wunnerfu' tyke?

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

British Dictionary definitions for tyke



  1. a dog, esp a mongrel
  2. informal a small or cheeky child: used esp in affectionate reproof
  3. British dialect a rough ill-mannered person
  4. Also called: Yorkshire tyke British slang, often offensive a person from Yorkshire
  5. Australian slang, offensive a Roman Catholic
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Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse tīk bitch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tyke


c.1400, "cur, mongrel," from Old Norse tik "bitch," related to Middle Low German tike. Also applied in Middle English to a low-bred or lazy man. The meaning "child" is from 1902, though it was used in playful reproof from 1894.

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